A project of the Alfred Toepfer Academy for Nature Conservation (NNA) in cooperation with the WWF Danube Carpathian Programme
This project offers 24 trainee positions in Germany during a two year period (3x8 trainees) to young professionals (maximum age of 40 years) who are working related to Floodplain-, Wetland-, Aquatic Ecosystems, Protected Areas Management and Regional Development in the Central and Lower Danube River Basin.
The training consists of a five week seminar at five locations in Germany related to the river systems of Elbe, Danube and Rhine dealing with latest issues of nature conservation and regional development in river basins with additional focus on professional skills like project management, international communication and EU administrative framework. Workshops, lectures and examples of successful project implementations will develop ideas for own projects.
Besides the vocational training the programme will support an intensive exchange of experiences and cross-border networking of participants and experts.
For ensuring that the gained expertise during the seminar is integrated in the range of activities in the home countries of the trainees, the participants will plan during their stay in Germany and a six weeks lasting stay in their home countries in teams small nature conservation projects in the Danube River Basin. The project proposals will be discussed and improved during a one week "cross-border-seminar" at a place at the Lower or Central Danube and receive funding for the implementation. The trainee teams will implement the small projects subsequent to the cross-border-seminar within a period of 6 month. One team will organise instead of a nature conservation project an International Colloquium, the "Danube Dialogue" to support the cross-border collaboration in the Danube Region.
The project is managed by the Alfred Toepfer Academy for Nature Conservation (NNA) in close cooperation with the project partner WWF Danube Carpathian Programme.
The project is funded by Alfred Toepfer Foundation F.V.S., German Federal Environmental Foundation and Michael Otto Foundation for Environmental Protection.